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PhD Program Overview
GENERAL OVERVIEW

In order to complete the PhD program, a student must complete 180 credits, divided as follows:
  • 120 credits: dissertation and related learning activities
  • 60 credits: mandatory taught programme
Further research related activities such as courses, lectures, conferences should be agreed with tutors.


MANDATORY TAUGHT PROGRAMME
Sessions will be conducted by members of the PhD Committee and may include other invited speakers and professors. In addition, skills courses open to all students will be offered by SAFD ("corsi trasversali": phd.unipv.it/corsi-trasversali-per-dottorandi/).

FIRST YEAR
First year students are required to complete a course load of 30 credits (= 60 hours).

a) 30 Seminar hours:
  • 10 hours of programme wide seminars (for both areas of study) on sources and methodologies for historical research;
  • 20 hours of subject specific seminars for the two Areas: students should attend all the seminars concerning their own area of study (15 hours) and at least two seminars of the other area of study (5 hours)
b) 15-20 hours of skills courses, open to all students and offered by SAFD ("corsi trasversali": phd.unipv.it/corsi-trasversali-per-dottorandi/).
c) 5-10 hours of student planned activity (to include attending lectures, conferences, seminars, etc). It is the responsibility of students to agree an appropriate programme of activities with tutors and to submit reports.

First Year PhD students are required to write a paper in English or in Italian (up to 20,000 characters, excluding bibliography) on a chosen topic related to the themes addressed in the wide or subject specific seminars (students are encouraged to choose a subject beyond their own area of study). The paper will be assessed and will count towards the final evaluation by the Academic Committee.

SECOND YEAR
Second year students are required to complete a course load of 20 credits (= 40 hours).

a) 10 hours of combined seminars (for both areas of study) on sources and methodologies for historical research;
b) 15 hours of subject specific seminars for the two Areas: students should attend all the seminars concerning their own area of study
c) 15 hours of student planned activity (to include attending lectures, conferences, seminars, etc). It is the responsibility of students to agree an appropriate programme of activities with tutors and to submit reports.

THIRD YEAR
Third year students are required to complete a course load of 10 credits (= 20 hours). The programme of study, which may involve subject specific or programme wide seminars, is selected by the student and agreed with the tutor.


REGULATIONS
Students are expected to attend all seminars, unless prevented from doing so for medical reasons (all absences for medical reasons will need to be certified). Attendance will be recorded and will count towards the final evaluation by the PhD Committee. Active seminars participation is at the centre of this didactic activity and students are expected to play an active role in discussions. For each seminar, preparatory reading will be provided.

CALENDAR
The detailed calendar of the Common and Specific Seminars (normally held in the months of February/March) will be published online within December of the previous year.

EXEMPTIONS
The following categories of students may be exempt from attendance:
1) PhD Students abroad for their research, including students in co-tutelle (previously authorized by the PhD Committee as well as by the PhD Director)
2) PhD students who cannot attend the seminars for medical reasons will need to provide a medical certificate and to discuss individual alternative solutions with the PhD Director

FOREIGN PhD STUDENTS
PhD Students with scholarships not funded by the University of Pavia will discuss the mandatory didactic activity with the PhD Director as well as with the tutor at the beginning of each academic year.


MANDATORY RESEARCH PERIOD ABROAD
All PhD Students are required to spend at least 12 months abroad  for research or study activities (note: this only applies to students commencing their studies after 2016 - XXXIII Cycle).


TUTOR
The tutor is a doctoral advisor and member of the PhD Committee whose role is to guide graduate students who are candidates for a doctorate. The research topic and the tutor will be agreed at the beginning of the PhD course.


MEETINGS
In addition to regular meetings with the tutor, periodical meetings and discussions with the PhD Committee will be organised.
 
 
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